Brian Bauer


Brian has a background as an operations leader and helicopter crewman with the US Navy. During his 11-year career he was awarded the Air Medal seven times for providing aerial support for special operations missions. Brian is also a co-founder of Abaca, a FinTech startup that is unlocking financial services for challenging and high-risk industries.

At The Venture Center, Brian holds responsibility for the recruiting, screening and selection of portfolio companies as well as the successful completion the VC FinTech and ICBA ThinkTech Accelerators.

His background, hands-on experience with planning, leadership, and management make him an invaluable asset to our team. Additionally, The VC Team has voted him "Most Likely to Hotwire a Car.”

Advice to entrepreneurs: Don’t get lost in the ‘startup activity.’ Focus on sales. Set goals, plan, and execute—then continue that cycle indefinitely.